I have been working as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2000 and have worked in physiotherapy clinics, massage therapy clinics and with pre and postpartum mothers. My experience is broad – from professional athletes and weekend warriors to desk jockeys, professional moms and retired individuals. I also work with children who have physical and mental challenges.
In 1997 I decided that I wanted to help people heal. I registered and completed the massage therapy program at Centennial College in Toronto (2000). After moving to BC I updated my education at West Coast College of Massage (a total of 3500 hours) and more recently completed the 5 year Osteopathy program with the Colleges E’tudes de Osteopathiques, Vancouver campus.
Since completing my schooling in Vancouver I moved my practice to Parksville on Vancouver Island. I am located on Fairdowne Road off Alberni Hwy. I chose this location because of its easy access from Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Coombs and Errington.
I became a therapist because I love the body, everything about it, the way it works, breaks down and how it heals. I wanted to be a part of that system of healing. My goal as a therapist is to assist my patients with their overall health and mobility and help them shorten recovery periods after injury or recurrent discomfort. I chose massage therapy because of the hands on approach to dealing with physical pain and dysfunction. After years of working the soft tissue and feeling that my treatments would be more effective if the structure beneath could be handled as well, I began my study to become an Osteopath.
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that sees the body as a functional whole and treats dysfunction and injury at both the site of pain as well as the underlying causes of that pain or dysfunction. For more on Osteopathy please see http://www.osteopathy-canada.com/osteopath-definition/.